Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Rostock University Medicine: "Da Vinci surgical robot" in use

Rostock (dpa/mv) - The Rostock University Medical Center has presented its new fourth-generation "Da Vinci surgical robot".

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Rostock University Medicine: "Da Vinci surgical robot" in use

Rostock (dpa/mv) - The Rostock University Medical Center has presented its new fourth-generation "Da Vinci surgical robot". The system is state-of-the-art robot-assisted medical technology. This would set completely new standards in the surgical care of patients in the future, explained Prof. Clemens Schafmayer, director of the clinic and polyclinic for general, visceral, thoracic, vascular and transplant surgery at the Rostock University Medical Center.

During the presentation on Thursday, Science Minister Bettina Martin (SPD) referred to the advantages for the patient, the person treating them and the University Medicine Rostock as a science location: "The support provided by state-of-the-art assistance systems allows surgeons to operate more precisely, which significantly promotes the healing of patients."

The Schwerin Ministry of Science is funding the instrument with 1.5 million euros from the EU's ERDF fund and a further 530,000 euros from central funding from the Ministry of Science. The total costs were estimated at 3.16 million euros.

The system will be used, among other things, for diseases of the prostate, kidneys, lungs, liver, esophagus, vessels and various sections of the intestine. According to the information, the technology is more precise, more flexible and calmer than the human hand. "The surgical robot is particularly suitable for operations on the prostate, where minimally invasive surgery is performed in the smallest of spaces," emphasized the director of urology, Prof. Oliver Hakenberg.

The robot is equipped with two doctor's consoles for surgeons. This allows a second doctor to participate in the operation for training or educational purposes. The patient trolley with four instrument arms can be positioned anywhere in the operating room and can therefore be used flexibly. The robot-assisted surgery system was developed by the US Army.

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